For kids, summer often means one thing: no school. And during this time, one of the most common ways to beat the heat and still get some entertainment is to go to the movies. But could too many animation choices actually harm the box office?
Whether you have children or enjoy a classic cartoon yourself from time to time, you most likely know that there are handfuls of animated movies arriving at the summer box office. From The Angry Birds Movie to Finding Dory, The Secret Life of Pets to Ice Age: Collision Course, there's even the raunchy Sausage Party (which is most likely aimed for adults)… the choices are endless. We're dealing with an animation overload, if you will. And with admission prices at an all time high, including snacks (because who can enjoy a movie without popcorn, soda, and chocolate?), it's interesting to take a look at how having too many options may not always be a good thing.
For example, not all parents or relatives can afford to take their kids to every single animated movie that will be released this summer. So how do you choose which one to see on the big screen and which one to wait and watch on DVD?
It's a tough decision to make, especially when multiple children with various interests are involved. Peter may want to see the sequel to Finding Nemo, but what if Sally is dying to see the latest Ice Age installment? Parents and/or relatives are then left with a predicament that could result in no movie at all. If you can't please both kids, then maybe it's better to disappoint both.
Or maybe for you, if you're lucky, money's no object. In that case, you're the lucky parent/relative who gets to sit through a half a dozen kid movies this summer with recycled plots and predictable endings.
(Note: Some cinemas offer alcohol, but make sure you bring a DD if you plan on getting sauced while various cartoons litter the screen.)
What animated movies are on your "must see" list this summer? And do you think there are too many options to choose from? Or would you like to see more family attractions at the summer box office?